We’d like to invite you to our next meeting! We offer free programs of interest to nature fans of all ages. Everyone is welcome. You can also find current information about upcoming birding trips, and/or plan to attend another birding event. Check our other links for helpful information, recent sightings, more birding opportunities, and ways you can get involved as an Aiken volunteer and/or citizen scientist. Interested? Click to learn more about Aiken Audubon. Finally, don’t miss our current newsletter! We hope to see you soon.
This November El Paso County is asking voters to use $2 million of excess revenues to invest in critical park, trail, and open space maintenance projects. Aiken Audubon, along with the Trails and Open Space Coalition, Friends of EPC Nature Centers, Black Forest Trails Association and many other groups and individuals are encouraging our community to vote Yes for Parks and Vote Yes on 1A! You can learn more here.
It’s time for the annual Art Show & Sale at Bear Creek Nature Center! The show is open Friday, October 17, from 9 to 7, and Saturday, October 18, from 9 to 4. Three Aiken birders have their work represented at the show. Sales go to support the El Paso County nature centers, so come encourage these Aiken artists and support a great cause.
- Our 2015 Birds of Colorado calendar will be available at the September meeting. This year’s theme is “Marshes, Rivers, and Lakes.” All the photos are by Aiken birders. This full color, ready-to-hang calendar makes a great gift, and you can give it year after year! All the proceeds go to support bird conservation and education through Aiken Audubon.
- We’re adding new field trips all the time.
- Our free programs continue Wednesday, October 15, with “Bicycling & Birding Through Alaska” with Gloria Nikolai. Hope to see you there!
- Mark your calendar for the Colorado Springs Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 20, followed by a potluck dinner at Bear Creek Nature Center. For more information or to sign up, please contact Tyler Stuart at (719) 661-9308 or email@example.com.
- Updates are constantly being added to our Conservation News page. Many require immediate action. More opportunities are found in the Citizen Science section. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference.
- Welcome to Kathy Minch, our new Hospitality Chair. Now you know who to thank for procuring all those pre-meeting munchies!
- Aiken Audubon is seeking an Education Chair. This would be an opportunity to work with fellow board members and other volunteers to develop programs to be used in presentations at schools, scout groups, various club meetings, etc. Contact Aiken President, Christine Bucher at (719) 596-2916 for more information on this position or to volunteer.
- Do you blog about birds? Tell us about your blog, then check out our ever-growing list of Aiken Audubon bird bloggers!
- National Audubon has released their new report on birds and climate change. You can see their conclusions on their website.
- 10 Things You Can Do For Birds: Plant a garden. Be a citizen scientist. Join “Lights Out.” Your steps can make a difference. Learn more…
- Did you know that National Audubon has a Raptor Map? This interactive map includes everything from raptor rehab facilities and Audubon nature centers to great places for hawk and eagle watching. Add your favorite raptor spot, share photos and leave tips for other birders. Learn more on our Local Birding page, or go directly to the map website.
Photos of the Moment
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Here are a few photos from Aiken’s recent trip to Chico Basin Ranch.